Religion is a complicated aspect among individuals. It has beenstructured such that people believe in a particular phenomenon. AsChristians, there are various views concerning the end of time.Several religious scholars have come up with particular perspectivesto explain the end of the world, time and climax of history.Christianity has been created such that it believes in the existenceof God and his son Jesus Christ who came to earth as a means to diefor the world’s sins. Through the blood shed on the cross, humanityis saved from their sinful natures. It should be noted that everyChristian believes in the immortality of the soul such that anindividual comprises of both material and intangible components. Whena person dies, their material component decomposes while theimmaterial element which includes spirit and soul exist in aconscious and eternal form either in heaven or hell. The Bible servesto guide Christians such that they do not restrain from theirobservance of God’s commands. Christians should always rely on theBible in their day-to-day activities if they are to see the kingdomof God. The teaching from the Bible asserts that at one point intime, the physical body shall be resurrected and united with thespirit and soul. Eschatology focuses on the study of the finalphenomenon in the Bible. There are three millennial views ofeschatology namely premillennialism, postmillennialism, andamillennialism. Together, they seek to evaluate return of Christ,general resurrection and final judgment into that vision.Millennialism is a crucial doctrine in the life of a Christian. Itimplies that there will be a new and better world when Jesus Christreturns and defeats the evil world. Millennialism is a thousand yearrule of the righteous where people and animals will live in harmonyand peace with one another.
Premillennialism view of eschatology looks at particular eventsbefore the coming of Jesus Christ. There are two categories ofPremillennialism view namely historical and dispensational.Historical or covenant premillennialism states that most of theprophecies that are in the Old Testament of the Bible are fulfilledin Israel’s New Testament.1It implies that Israel is any country or nation that believes andadopts the gospel of Christ. Historic premillennialism believes thatevery Christian or believer will have to undergo the seven-yeartribulation on earth.2One the other hand, dispensational premillennialism argues thatbelievers will be taken from the world to avoid the imminenttribulations or rapture. Some of the notable events includetribulation, rapture, and a thousand year rule. Most of the argumentsand beliefs were a result of the early church in the first century.Premillennialism is often regarded as the second coming becauseChristians believe that Jesus Christ will come to earth in a physicalbody and gather the righteous.3The period and the events occur before the millennium. Variousvarying theories explain Premillennialism view. Although there aremany variations, it still comes to the common perception that Jesuswill come as a thief and resurrect the dead. The resurrected will betaken away from the earth for seven years called rapture. During therapture period, people will undergo great sufferings that have beendivided into pre-, mid- and post-tribulations. When the seven-yearperiod ends, the devil and his forces will come together and fightChrist. However, Jesus will defeat them in the battle of Armageddon.The victory will then see Jesus establish his civil and earthlykingdom from Jerusalem where he will reign for a thousand years.Premillennialism further states that the wicked dead will beresurrected after the 1,000 years Christ reign.4After all the following events, all men will then be judged and giventheir individual eternal rewards. Based on the Holy Scriptures, mostarguments of the Premillennialism view are contradictory in nature.In simple terms, it cannot be proved. It is illogical to argue thateternal kingdom will be established on earth right after themillennial kingdom.
The Amillenial view can be defined as a term that is given to thoseindividuals who argue that there is no millennial period or 1000supremacy of Jesus Christ in the world. The prefix ‘A’ denotesthe negative meaning carried by this period. The view was popularizedby Augustine a Catholic father who lived in the fourth and fifthcenturies.5In simple terms, amillennialism means the absence of the millennium.There is a huge difference between this view and premillennialismbecause there is no millennial kingdom or the 1000 year reign beforethe next coming of Jesus Christ. Most of the Amillennialists believethat Jesus Christ reigns in the present day church age. However, Hesits on the throne of David. It is illogical because the Bible doesnot state that Christ sits on David’s throne rather, the right handof God, his father. The view originates from the interpretation ofthe fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecies on Israel. Amillennialismview argues that fulfilled prophecy and non-prophetic teachingsshould be interpreted in a reasonable or literal manner.6However, unfulfilled prophecy and prophetic scriptures should beinterpreted spiritually and non-literally. The view interprets thescriptures in a way that Christians are living in the present timeand preparing for the flourishing of God’s kingdom on earth. Theresurrection of Jesus implies that He inaugurated the kingdom of Godas interpreted in a figurative way of speaking. Amillennialistspropose that the Bible through Revelation 20 represents variousvisions that can be deciphered as the period between the initial andnext coming in diverse ways.7Currently, people live in a millennial kingdom while waiting for thesecond coming of Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus meant thatChristians all over the world acknowledge the right and wrong intheir activities. Satan has been bound by the cross such that he nolonger holds any deception mechanism on earth. Most theAmillennialists base their argument on John 5 which states that ashuman, there is only two resurrection namely spiritual and physicalwhich will occur at the end of age. Jesus Christ will come at the endof the age and simultaneously resurrect the righteous and the wicked.They will both be judged and offered the eternal state where Jesuswill reign forever on the new earth. The view asserts that the comingof Jesus will be a single event. Amillennialists believe that therewill be a general resurrection comprising of both believers andnon-believers. There will be only one day of judgment which takesplace when Jesus Christ returns.
Postmillennialism is highly attributed to the early 19thcentury scholars. According to Loraine Boettner, “Postmillennialismis view of the last things which hold that the kingdom of God is nowbeing extended to the world through the preaching of the gospel andthe saving work of the Holy Spirit. That the world eventually is tobe Christianized, and that the return of Christ will occur at theclose of a long period of righteousness and peace, commonly known asthe millennium.”8Postmillennialist argues that the scriptures and unfulfilledprophecies should not be interpreted literally. They propose thatRevelation 20 should not be taken in a literal sense. For example,the stated 1000 years may be shorter or longer. Postmillennialistasserts that the coming or return of Jesus Christ will occur afterthe end of the millennium.9There should be dominance and prosperity of the Christian fraternityon earth. The prefix ‘post-’ denotes that Jesus Christ willreturn to the Christian community has established a foundation of theworld. It means that everyone would have to adopt the gospel and beChristianized. The earth needs to become better. Postmillennialisthave their figurative language of the Holy Scriptures.10They assign various meanings to the words as per their suitability.The view is misleading in nature. It is illogical for an individualto assign certain meaning to the scriptures because their meaning isautomatically lost. God is supreme, and he communicates with theChristians through the written word. It implies that God has assignedspecific meaning to the terms such that thoughts and ideas can beeasily expressed.
In conclusion, the three millennial views give insightful informationof the coming of Christ, resurrection, and judgment of people, bothliving and dead. Premillennialism states that Jesus Christ will cometo earth twice in a physical body and gather the righteous andestablish a millennial kingdom. Amillennialism believes that theworld is currently living in a millennial period where Jesus willcome and establish His rule. On the other hand, postmillennialismargues that Christ will come when the whole earth has beenChristianized. Amillennialism is the best view compared to the othersbecause their position is real and sober in nature.
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